Posts tagged criminal law
Will You Be Turned Away At The Border Once Cannabis Is Legal?

While some marijuana-smoking Canadians have already thought about how they will answer questions about their consumption when crossing the border, people working in the cannabis industry may not have turned their minds to how seemingly benign questions about their employment could affect them.

A question as simple as “what do you do for a living?” could result in a lifetime ban for people who work with cannabis. 

It is a scary thought…which is made all the more frightening by the sheer potential of its scope. 

After all, the Canadian cannabis industry is booming. 

If you receive financial remuneration for your participation or promotion of cannabis, you may be affected.  People working in legal cannabis in Canada, are considered to be living off the profits of the drug trade in America.

To learn more, read the full article at the link.

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Senate Votes to Pass Bill C-45 But Implements Some Major Amendments In Doing So...

The long road to marijuana legalization faced another critical last step this week as the Senate voted on Bill C-45.

This bill will effectively alter the Criminal Code and some portions of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to allow legal access to cannabis in this country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau originally promised that Canadians would be able to light their first legal joint on July 1, 2018. However, given the numerous political and administrative delays that Bill C-45 has faced so far, that deadline is looking more and more likely to go up in smoke.

Honorable senators scrutinized almost every detail of Bill C-45. They have made a number of amendments—more than a whopping 40, in fact!

Now you don’t need to know about all of these amendments. Many of them are merely technical in nature and will have little effect on the bill or your experience of it. But some are rather important and worthy of our attention.

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Sarah Leamon Law Talks Radio - Episode 2

Welcome to Sarah Leamon Law Talks Radio!

In our second instalment, I explore the topic of cannabis legalization in Canada with a focus on British Columbia. To help move the discussion along, I am joined by two fascinating guests from different sides of the cannabis spectrum.

My first guest is Tamu Stolbie, who is a new cannabis user.

My second guest is Craig Ex, host of Expert Joints. Craig is a cannabis expert, enthusiast and long-standing member of the cannabis community. Craig shares his opinions about how our governments proposed regulations around cannabis may affect users - for both the positive and the negative.

Follow the link to listen as we dive deep into the hazey politics, policies and laws around cannabis.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!

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Coming to a Road Near You - 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions for Cannabis

On April 26, 2018, the B.C. provincial government announced their plan to deal with legal cannabis.

The bill deals with various social issues, from where a person will be able to legally smoke cannabis to how dispensaries will obtain licenses.

It also dealt with the issue of drug impaired driving and the government officially announced their intention to create a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme for drug impaired drivers.

I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis this morning to talk about the future of impaired driving in this country and what it all means for cannabis users.

You can listen to the full interview here

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What Happens When A Self Driving Car Kills Someone?

Self-driving cars are becoming more and more common on our roadways...but some people are becoming worried.

Last weekend, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber in Arizona.  Pilot projects involving self-driving Ubers were immediately halted throughout North America, including in Toronto.  

As technology develops, there will surely be bugs to work out.  But what happens when a self-driving car is involved in a major accident?  Who is held accountable?  What are the legal repercussions?  

I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis to discuss this topic.  You can listen to the full interview here

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The Federal Government Wants to Share Your Confidential Tax Information with Foreign Governments

The federal government's 2018-19 budget has been released, and it contains a rather unexpected surprise.

Attached to all the usual financial plan is a 78-page annex. While few people will ever read this document, it contains an unusual provision.  This provision seeks to create a legal mechanism to share the confidential tax information of Canadians with more than three dozen foreign governments, including the U.S., Russia, and China.

The government says this is necessary to aid in the fight against global crimes, such as terrorism, money laundering and drug dealing.

But if that's the case, then we are left wondering why this controversial provision was so curiously buried in the fine print of a much larger document, and asking how our privacy rights as Canadians will be protected.

You can read the full article, which appears in The Georgia Straight, here.


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The Colten Boushie Trial Raises Serious Questions About Justice, Racism & Politics in Canada

The Colten Boushie trial has rocked the Canadian media and everyone seems to have an opinion - including our own Prime Minister.

But is it appropriate for politicians to weigh in on judicial decisions that are still currently before the court? Was the decision wrong? Was racism a factor? Can the Crown appeal?

And - perhaps most importantly - how can we find justice for the Boushie family and First Nations people in this country?

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B.C.'s Answers to Some Big Cannabis Questions Leaves Much To Be Desired

Yesterday afternoon, the B.C. government made an announcement in relation to the use of recreational marijuana in our province.

We now have some more clarity around how the use, regulation and sale of the drug will look in B.C. will look once it becomes legal.  

And while the announcement answered some big questions, it also left a lot hanging in the balance.   

So let's get to it and break this announcement down into three topics - tenancy issues, drug-impaired driving and public use - in order to find out what it might mean for you.

You can also read the full article, as it appears in The Georgia Straight, here.

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Could You Face Legal Consequences for Sending a 'Sext' Message?

Sexting is defined as sending sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.  It seems trivial, and even trite, but could there be legal implications?

This week, on Roundhouse Radio, I sat down with Gene Valaitis to discuss the possible legal consequences of sexting - both for teens and adults.  

So before you press that 'send' button, make sure to listen to the full interview here.

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If You're Thinking That it's Okay to be Impaired in a Driverless Car, Guess Again

Driverless cars are coming to a highway near you, and they have many people asking: should impaired driving charges become a thing of the past?

As the law stands right now, a person can be charged with impaired driving if they are found either to be driving or in care or control of a motor vehicle while their ability to do is either impaired by a drug or alcohol or their blood-alcohol concentration exceeds 0.08 percent.

This means that a person can be charged, even if they aren’t technically driving...but should laws adapt to technological advancements in the auto industry?  

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The Hill Times - Defence Lawyers ‘Cringe’ at New Sex-Assault Rules in Justice Bill

Earlier this week, I was interviewed by a report for The Hill Times about my views on Bill C-51 and our federal government's proposed reforms to the Criminal Code in relation to sex-assault laws.  

This post reproduces some sections of the article as published by The Hill Times and as written by Charelle Evelyn.  To view the full article, you must be a subscriber to The Hill Times, which covers all the important and topical political news on Parliament Hill.  

If you are a subscriber (which I would highly recommend), you can read the full article by following the link.

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What Does the Future of Self-Driving Cars Mean for DUI Law?

How will the increasing presence of automated vehicles on our roadways impact our current driving laws?  Will impaired driving charges become a thing of the past?  Or is it too soon to tell?

This week, I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis to discuss how automotive technology might change the ways that our laws apply.  

You can listen to the entire interview here.

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